LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST CONCENTRATION (LMLM)
Requirements for the MS Degree in LME LMS Concentration: The Library Media (LMLM) Concentration requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of core courses, program specialization courses, and completion of a research tool requirement. Courses on a student’s approved program of study must be completed within a period of six years from the date of enrollment in the first course(s).
A person who does not hold a teaching certificate may obtain initial certification in Kentucky as a Library Media Specialist upon completion of the MS in LME Program, admission to Professional Education at WKU, a passing score on a required PRAXIS II PLT examination, and a passing score on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessment-Library Media Specialist. Information regarding the requirements for admission to Professional Education may be found here.
Students are expected to apply for admission to Professional Education within the first semester of admission to the LME program.
Master of Science Core Courses: Fifteen semester hours are specified core courses:
LME 501 Program Organization and Administration (3 hours)
LME 512 Issues in Library Media Education (3 hours)
LME 535 Survey of Educational Technology Practices (3 hours) (Note: Prerequisite for LME 537)
LME 537 Principles of Educational Technology Applications (3 hours) (Prerequisite: Completion of LME 535.)
LME 590 Practicum (3 hours) (for students with prior teaching certification or for students who are not seeking teacher certification) OR LME 592 Internship in LME (3 hours) (for students without prior teaching certification)
Prerequisites for LME 590: Permission of the instructor; completion of 24 hours of course work including LME 501, 512, 535, 537; admission to candidacy.
Prerequisites for LME 592: Permission of the instructor; completion of 24 hours of course work including LME 501, 512, 535, 537, and 589; admission to candidacy; admission to professional education.
Research Tool: The research tool requirement is met by successful completion (grade A or B) of EDFN 500 Research Methods, LME 519 Research in LME, SPED 534 Research in Exceptional Education, or advisor-approved equivalent.
Capstone Courses: The professional portfolio is the capstone requirement for the program. Students complete the portfolio as part of the practicum or internship courses. There are two capstone courses: LME 590 for students with prior teaching certification, those not seeking certification and LME 592 for students without prior teaching certification.
Transfer Credit: No more than 12 hours of previous equivalent graduate coursework, whether transferred from another institution or from a previous master’s degree from WKU (or a combination of the two), or as a non-degree seeking student at WKU can be used to fulfill program and research tool requirements. Transferred courses cannot be older than 6 years by the time the requirements for the degree are completed. Transfer credit cannot be used in place of LME 537 Principles of Educational Technology Applications because it requires development and implementation of an instructional design project that is a foundational component of the LME 590 Practicum.
Library Media Specialist Certification (LMLM): In addition to completion of the 15-hour core and the research tool for the MS degree, the requirements for certification as a school library media specialist in most states and as a School Media Librarian P-12 in Kentucky include the following:
Library Media Specialist Professional Specialization: (twelve hours)
LME 502 Collection Management (3 hours)
LME 506 Classification and Cataloging (3 hours)
LME 508 Information Sources and Services (3 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
LME 518 Advanced Children's Literature (3 hours) OR
LME 527 Advanced Young Adult Literature (3 hours)
Elective Courses ( 3 hrs.): Appropriate LME courses or courses outside of LME may be selected with advisor approval. Students seeking initial certification in Library Media Education must take LME 589 Field Experience in Library Media Education as their 3 hour elective to satisfy requirements set by the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board. Students must be admitted to professional education at WKU prior to enrolling in this course.
Certification Examination (PRAXIS II): While a certification examination is not a requirement for the Master of Science in LME, Kentucky does require a passing score on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessments-Library Media Specialist for certification as a school media librarian. Students outside of Kentucky are responsible for determining the requirements for certification in their states.